Ofcom looking at 2.4 and 5GHz Amateur Radio Bands for Internet of Things

Ofcom has published a Call for Inputs to help inform its understanding of the actions required to ensure that the UK takes a leading role in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). Ofcom are considering using some of the Amateur and Amateur Satellite Service spectrum for the devices of the future.

 Ofcom looking at 2.4 and 5GHz Amateur Radio Bands for Internet of Things

Ofcom looking at 2.4 and 5GHz Amateur Radio Bands for Internet of Things

Devices of the future (Internet of Things - IoT) require interconnectivity and exchange of data between many devices, sensors and machines, potentially opening up a wider range of cross-sector benefits.

The IoT is expected to lead to the introduction of many new and innovative services, for example to improve our health, reduce road traffic accidents and reduce the consumption of energy. There is the potential for significant benefits to citizens and consumers and, in the longer term, the IoT could change the way we live our lives.

The Call for Inputs seeks views to inform our understanding of these and other developments, enabling Ofcom to better support the emergence of the IoT. Many IoT devices will be connected wirelessly and the availability of radio spectrum will be an important enabler.

In light of Ofcom’s duties to manage spectrum, and the potential for significant benefits for citizens and consumers, we have identified the IoT as a priority for further work.

The closing date for submissions is 1st October 2014.

Consultation page - http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/iot/